Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

April 15, 2016

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About Us

Start Time: 8:47

End Time: 3:50

Tardy Time: 8:50

Fax Number: 810-299-3910


Lunch Schedule

  • Kindergarten 11:15 - 12:00
  • 1st Grade 11:45 - 12:30
  • 2nd Grade 12:15 - 1:00
  • 4th Grade 12:45 - 1:30
  • 3th Grade 1:15 - 2:00

From the Principal

Dear Hawkins Families:


You may have already heard that we will be saying goodbye to five of our incredible teachers who are retiring this year. Mrs. Keskitalo, Mrs. Pescia, Mrs. Outcalt, Mrs. Meyer, and Mrs. Plath will be starting a new chapter in their lives. Mrs. Plath will be retiring in December of 2016, while the other teachers will be retiring this June. We are sad to lose such incredible talent in our building, but are excited for our future as we welcome new staff members.


If you have important information regarding your child that our school staff may not have, the placement consideration form provides an opportunity to share that information with school personnel. Please note that requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored. Forms are available in our office today and they must be returned to us by Friday, May 6th.


Fourth grade parents, Maltby is also making placement decisions and we have the Maltby forms in our office. The forms must be returned to us by Friday, May 6, 2016. You can drop the forms off in our office or take them to Maltby.


Third and fourth grade parents! The state of Michigan requires every 3rd and 4th grade student take the standardized assessment called M-Step. This assessment tests students in the areas of reading, writing, math and science (4th grade only). We will begin the testing process at the end of this month, starting with April 27th. Please make every effort to have your child in school on time on the following days:


3rd Grade: April 27 - May 6th

4th Grade: May 10 - May 20th


Students will be assessed first thing in the morning for approximately 1.5 hours per day. Unlike last year, this test is entirely taken online. Please ensure plenty of sleep for your child during this time so he/she can be highly successful taking the exam at school. Let your child's teacher know if you have any questions.


Have a beautiful and sunny weekend!


Basia Kiehler

Mark Your Calendar

4/18 - Dining for Dollars Salsarita's
4/22 - Popcorn Friday
4/29 - Special Interest Day
5/13 - Hats on Day
5/13 - Spring Carnival
5/20 - Popcorn Friday
5/30 - No School - Memorial Day

Donations Needed

Mrs. Plath is looking for some straw or hay for a music program. If you have any that you would be willing to donate please contact Hawkins at (810) 299-3900.

Maltby Student Information Sheet

Over the next few months Maltby will be developing class lists and student assignments for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have important information regarding your child that the school staff may not have, this form provides an opportunity to share that information with school personnel. Please note that requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored. Forms are available in the Hawkins office and they must be returned to Maltby by May 2, 2016.

PTO News

Parents and Pinz is on Friday, April 15! This is an adult night out that will take place at Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon. The cost is $15 per bowler and includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pop and pizza. There will also be a cash bar, door prizes, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle! Get a twosome or foursome together and bowl against each other! This is a great event for a date night, couples night or a ladies night out. You can walk in and sign up the night of! Check in is at 6:30 p.m. and bowling is from 7-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the PTO - $4 per ticket will go back to the school!


DINE FOR DOLLARS at Salsarita's anytime on Wednesday, April 20 and they'll donate a portion of your bill back to our school! Visit in the evening and they'll be playing Bingo with the kids every hour on the hour from 5-8 p.m. There will also be guessing jars set up with some great prizes for the kids!


SPECIAL INTEREST DAY is on April 29! This is an all-day event for the kids. The theme this year is "Time Travel." To find out more about Special Interest Day or to volunteer that day, please contact Sarah Hofmann at (810) 333-1184 or sbhofmann@hotmail.com.

Brighton Area Schools Art Walk

BAS in conjunction with Studio West Gallery will be having their 1st annual Gallery Walk and Student Art Show 2016. Beginning April 1st, and running throughout the whole month of April, our incredible students will be displaying and selling their artwork. The opening night will be Tues., April 5. K-6 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 7-12 from 5:30 to 7pm. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Also, for the whole month of April our fabulous BHS student work will be displayed at the Brighton District Library! Please join us for all of these artistic endeavors.

Art in Bloom
Art Ventures
The Artisan's Bench
Two Brothers Coffee
C W Interiors

Studio West hours of operation are as follows:

Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - Monday: Closed

"Portraits of Mom" at Cooper & Binkley

Announcing the 21st Annual "Portraits of Mom" by the First Grade Classes of Hawkins Elementary School. Portraits will be on display at Cooper & Binkley from April 23rd - May 14th. There will also be a Gallery Gala on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

From the Bus Garage

We will be practicing our school bus evacuations starting Monday April 18th through Friday April 29th . Buses may run a few minutes late. Thank you for your patience!

Attendance Reminders

Please continue to call the attendance line (810) 299-3904 if your child will be absent or coming in late. Remember to sign them in or sign them out when they are coming in late or leaving early. If you are picking up your child early or there is an end of day change of plans, please send in a note in with your child to give to their teacher. If you have any questions, please give Judy Samanich a call in the main office at (810) 299-3904 or samanij@brightonk12.com.

In addition, as stated in the Brighton Area Schools Elementary Handbook, if a child is absent 15% of the marking period, a letter from the Principal addressing the absence issue may be sent to the parents. If the child continues to be absent from school, a Truancy Officer will contact the home to investigate the situation. For optimal learning, it is important for your child to be in the classroom when school begins. We consider three (3) tardies to be equivalent to one (1) absence. We do not do not count the students tardy if they ride the bus and buses arrive late.

News From the Nurse

Head Lice Reminder - Make it a habit to check your child's head/hair weekly for signs of head lice. Nits (eggs) are more easily found than live adult lice. The nits are firmly glued to the hair shaft and must be pulled off with fingernails. The color of the nits varies. Old empty nit casings appear white and are usually half inch and further from the scalp. Darker nits close to the scalp are viable. Look behind the ears, at the temples and the nape of the neck. A live louse is the shape and size of a sesame seed. They are light brown, move quickly and are often hard to see. Although direct head-to-head contact is the most common mode of transmission, try putting your child's coat, hat and backpack in the dryer every day for 20 minutes.


Important Information for Parents calling in sick children: The Livingston County Health Department relies on the public schools to accurately report trends in illness in our county. All schools submit a weekly Communicable Disease Report to the health department. We report "numbers" of students with:

• apparent flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, generalized aching in the back or limbs

-• viral gastroenteritis: diarrhea /vomiting without respiratory symptoms

•- strep throat

- asthma

•- head lice

•- pink eye

Please keep your child home if they are running a fever over 100.3 degrees, vomiting or have diarrhea, are non-stop coughing, untreated head lice or have red draining eyes. If you have a child with symptoms that appear to be potentially contagious (i.e. rash/lesions), but a medical professional has deemed it safe for your child to return to school, please send in a doctor's note to the main office to prevent any concern. When leaving a message on the attendance line at school, please give us specific information that will help us to give meaningful information to the health department. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

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